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Canadian PostDocs & PostDoc Unionization....!

Published online 26 August 2010 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2010.429
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Taxing times for Canadian postdocsTrainee researchers struggle to make ends meet after the government clarifies tax rules for grants. Hannah Hoag
With taxes now biting into their wages, some Canadian postdocs are thinking of Europe, or unionization.LajosRepasi/iStockphoto Staff, student or employee? The employment status of Canadian postdoctoral researchers remains unclear — and many are struggling with the tax issues that arise from the ambiguity. Some of Canada's postdocs are categorized as associates with benefits, others are fellows with no employee status and, until recently, some had a tax-exempt status on a par with students. "We fall into this no-man's land," says Marianne Stanford, chair of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS) and a postdoctoral fellow at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Ontario
UC Postdocs approve their first union contractPostdocs Overwhelmingly Approve First PRO/UAW ContractAugust 11, 2010
Dear Postdocs:
We have exciting news! Postdocs have voted overwhelmingly to ratify the tentative agreement as our historic first contract with the University of California. The results were 2588 voting yes and 121 voting no, a 96 percent margin.
We want to thank the thousands of you who participated in the voting over the last week, as well as all of you who took action in the last few years to make this a successful campaign and enable us to win such a strong first contract.
In solidarity,
The PRO/UAW Bargaining Committee
Nature publications is out of touch with postdoc activities, especially postdoc union. First they wrote post doc union been failing, then they saw the Uconn and other universities succeed, changed their tones bit, now they write disgruntedly oh there are only few post doc unions, gosh wake up Nature!!, there is so much happening, until few years ago Pos…